A Little Cuckoo
So I've had this idea to make a faux cuckoo clock for awhile, and I got my chance when I heard my friend and her boyfriend were able to get their own apartment sans roommates, which is very exciting! And nothing says "exciting" quite like a cuckoo clock right? Right.
When I came to the glorious realization that I had a recipient for the sweet clock from my head, I asked my dad if he thought it was doable. I handed him a pretty rough sketch of my idea, and his response was "let me go out to the shop and check our materials." Before I knew it, he was back inside holding this house that was more elaborate and fancy than I had imagined. An overhang over the front of the house and a detailed chimney?! Ok! I got right to priming and painting.
Next, the clock needed a little bird. An owl was of course the obvious answer. This little guy was cut from poplar, painted with acrylic paint, and sealed with artist's varnish. I painted both sides of him so he has an "am" and "pm" side. Clever, no? (And really, they can put whatever they want into the little shelf of the clock!)
I bought the clock mechanism at the craft store (in a pack of four, so I still have a few more to play with!). While I was stamping the letters on the clock, my sister painted the clock hands. I think the blue hands really make it!
This clock was really a joint effort. You know what they say, "the family that crafts together stays together!" Overall, I love how it came out. Maybe some of the shadows in the shelf could be eliminated by removing the overhang, or picking a different color... So there's always room for some tweaking!